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Traveling Shoes: Looking at African American Migration

The migration saw the relocation of more than 6 million African Americans from the rural South to parts of the North, Midwest and West. The year 1910, when 7 million of the 8 million African Americans lived below the cotton curtain. African Americans sought to build a new place for themselves, …

Book Signing at the Ice Cream Social

Signing to Benefit Lawrence County Historical Society Coauthors, Susan Urbanek Linville and Elizabeth Hoover DiRisio, have scheduled a book signing for their new publication, In Hot Pursuit, The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad in Lawrence County, PA. The signing will take place Saturday, July 9th, 7pm-8pm, at the Lawrence …

Twenty Extraordinary African American Women!

“The history of women’s contributions to this nation has not been limited to the struggle of women’s right alone. Our nation owes whatever prosperity, enlightenment and success it has achieved to the hard work and dedication of millions upon millions of women who have given their lives and their efforts to …

Early Years of Black Cinema

  “Films featuring Black performers and images at the beginning of the 20th century portrayed African Americans in insulting stereotypes. This program will take a look at and discuss some of these earlier performers and movies.”  … Jean Speight       Also, in the presentation will be Oscar Micheaux, …

Book Signing: Meet Ted Toles Jr and Author Michael Swank

Living on Borrowed Time: The Life and Times of Negro League Player Ted Toles Jr The Lawrence County Historical Society, 408 North Jefferson Street, New Castle, is sponsoring a book signing on Saturday, February 7th from 1pm to 4pm. Meet New Castle Indians player Ted Toles, Jr. and the author …

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An Aristocrat Bootblack

By Betty Hoover DiRIsio, LCHS Volunteer “Judge” was a former black slave, born in Virginia. He came North sometime after his emancipation. He was at one time married, but later widowed, with no indication as to any children. He was a well known “aristocrat bootblack” in New Castle for many …

The Music of America: African-American Contribution

Jean Speight will present a time-line on the development of African-American music from 1600 to 1950, including: Sacred music folk spirituals, arranged spirituals, folk gospel, and gospel hymns Secular music work songs, field calls, protest songs, rural blues, ragtime, boogie-woogie, and more Old recordings According to Speight: “The power of song …